Where do I Start?

Land: The purchase of land is definitely the place to start. When choosing a piece of property, you shouldn’t just look for a place with a great view. Think about how far the services (electric, plumbing, and septic) are going to have to be run. Is the septic going to perk? Even if the view is great, the costs of running the services can be expensive and may significantly lower the budget for your home. Is there excessive rock? There is a community located about 7 miles from our home called Rockfield, KY. There is a reason why it is called Rockfield! Excessive rock can make putting in a foundation more expensive. This again takes away from the amount of money that you can spend on your project.

Money: If you are considering taking a loan to finance your project, we recommend contacting a log/timber frame mortgage lender. These loan officers understand the value of a log/timber frame home and understand why they can’t comp these houses against a traditional spec home in a subdivision. After determining the amount of money you plan to spend on your home, then speak with builders about your expectations and determine a floor plan that will fit your budget.

Building plan: Think about your age and future expectations for the home. If you will soon be looking at your golden years, then you might look for a plan all on one level and build your home with wheel chair accessibility. If you are looking for a place to entertain family and friends who visit, then think about a large kitchen and great room space. Also, if you want a home that is lower in maintenance but you still want an open floor plan with beam work, then consider a timber frame. Timber frames allow for a multitude of exterior finishes with breath taking beam work.

You should consider where your family spends the majority of their time and concentrate your finishes in these areas. This allows you to get the most bang for your buck.

If your budget doesn’t allow for a total log or timber frame, then consider a conventional stick frame home with some architectural beam work. This significantly lowers the overall costs for the home but allows for rustic elements in those areas of your home that are most important to you.

If you are trying to restore an old home or add an addition to an existing home, it is equally important to have a design and plan in hand before you begin the project. This will allow for continuity throughout the project.

A plan doesn’t have to be complicated in every case. It can be simply a floor plan denoting dimensions, passageways, and pertinent details to the project. We can provide all levels of design work from shop drawings and sketches to full blown architectural drawings and renderings. .